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8 great scenic drives

By: Matt Hickman on May 3, 2011, 8:44 a.m.
deception pass bridge over river

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Cascade Loop Scenic Highway

Where: Washington

Length: 440 miles 

Recommended drive time: Three days 

Scenery: Mountains! Islands! Rivers! Lakes! Valleys! You name it, the Cascade Loop Scenic Highway has it, taking drivers through numerous distinct regions including the Methow Valley, the Columbia and Snohomish River Valleys, the Cascade-Leavenworth Foothills and Whidbey and Fidalgo Islands. 

Highlights: Deception Pass BridgeLake ChelanNorth Cascades National ParkStevens Pass

Refuel atArrowleaf Bistro, Winthrop; Nell Thorn Restaurant & Pub, La Conner; Cascadia Inn Café and Lounge, Skykomish

Pull over (for the night) at: Campbell’s Resort, Chelan; Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort, Leavenworth

Stretch your legs at: Diablo Lake

Cultural diversion: Aplets & Cotlets factory tour 

Required listening: Soundgarden, “Superunknown”

Do you remember that town named … Twisp, Concrete, Index?